This study is about the effect that visualisation exercises have on dreaming and achieving a goal.
You are being invited to take part in a research study. Before you decide whether to do so, it’s important that you understand the research that is being done and what your involvement will include. Please take the time to read the following information carefully and discuss it with others if you wish. Do not hesitate to ask us anything that is not clear or for any further information you would like to help you make your decision.
What is the purpose of this study?
The purpose of this study is to look into the effect that visualisation exercises have on dreaming and achieving a goal.
Do I have to take part?
It is completely up to you whether you decide to take part in this study. If you do decide to take part you will be asked to read a consent form. Agreeing to join the study does not mean that you have to complete it. You are free to withdraw at any stage without giving a reason.
What will happen to me if I take part?
The first survey will take approximately 5 minutes to complete. The visual activity will take around 2 minutes of your time each day. The final questionnaire (which will need to be completed a week after the visual activity) will take 5 minutes.
What are the possible disadvantages, risks or side effects of taking part?
There are no risks involved.
What are the possible benefits of taking part?
The research from this study should provide a further insight into whether or not visualisation exercises have an effect on dreaming, and achieving a goal.
How will my taking part in this study be kept confidential?
The data will be transferred from the online database to a secure SPSS file. This information will only be seen by the researcher and no one else. An anonymity number will be used to match your ratings.
What will happen to the results of the research study?
The results will be analysed as a group and subsequently used to further our understanding of this research topic.
Who can I contact if I have any questions?
If you would like further information or would like to discuss any details personally, please get in touch with me by email: Researcher: firstname.lastname@example.org
Although we hope it is not the case, if you have any complaints or concerns about any aspect of the way you have been approached or treated during the course of this study, please write to the University Secretary and Registrar.
Thank you very much for reading this information and giving consideration to taking part in this study. In taking part in the study you consent to the following:
1 I confirm that I have been shown the information above, giving particulars of the study, including its aim(s), methods and design, the names and contact details of key people and, as appropriate, the risks and potential benefits, and any plans for follow-up studies that might involve further approaches to participants. I have been given details of my involvement in the study. I have been told that in the event of any significant change to the aim(s) or design of the study I will be informed, and asked to renew my consent to participate in it.
2 I have been assured that I may withdraw from the study at any time without disadvantage or having to give a reason.
3 I have been given information about the risks of my suffering harm or adverse effects. I have been told about the aftercare and support that will be offered to me in the event of this happening, and I have been assured that all such aftercare or support would be provided at no cost to myself.
4 I have been told how information relating to me (data obtained in the course of the study, and data provided by me about myself) will be handled: how it will be kept secure, who will have access to it, and how it will or may be used.
5 I have been told what will be done if the study reveals that I have a medical condition which may have existed prior to the study, which I may or may not have been aware of, and which could affect the present or future health of myself or others. If this happens, I will be told about the condition in an appropriate manner and advised on follow-up action I should take. Information about the condition will be passed to my GP, and I may no longer be allowed to take part in the study.
6 I have been told that I may at some time in the future be contacted again in connection with this or another study.